Oregon City's Economic Development Department is launching a new entrepreneur educational program – The Biz Pod. The limited-admission program was crafted for emerging and start-up company founders from all sectors who want to take a deep dive and look for ways to not just keep their business open, but to help them thrive.
Each pod will be comprised of only six members. The exclusive format will create small cohorts of serious-minded entrepreneurs matched with advisors dedicated to ensuring their success.
The seven-module course covers essential business areas, including business planning, marketing, finances and operations. In the unique setting of The Biz Pod, participants collaborate extensively, emphasizing "work on my business" time while limiting distractions.
In addition to a $3,000 grant at course completion, they receive one-on-one time with business advisors during the course and after. The participant makeup will include a range of sectors such as restaurants, retail, small manufacturing, technology and services.
"Our goal is to provide a unique educational experience that helps participants gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their business in the long term," says James Graham, Economic Development Manager. "We are excited to offer a program that pays entrepreneurs to learn and provides valuable one-on-one time with industry experts. The Biz Pod is another addition to the innovative small business support programs we are launching in Oregon's hometown of Oregon City in 2023."
Interested applicants should complete the Biz Pod Simple Interest Form by Friday, April 7, accessed from the Economic Development Department's website at https://oregoncitybusiness.com/incentives-programs/. They will then receive the full application in mid-April. After reviewing the applications, program coordinators will conduct interviews with potential participants for the classes to begin in May.